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6:20 PM ET, May 20, 2010

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Salahuddin Choudhary / The Official Google Blog:
Announcing Google TV: TV meets web.  Web meets TV.  —  If there's one entertainment device that people know and love, it's the television.  In fact, 4 billion people across the world watch TV and the average American spends five hours per day in front of one*.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Google TV turns on at I/O: runs Android and Flash, partnered with Sony, Logitech, and Intel  —  As expected, Google just announced Google TV at I/O. There's four billion TV viewers worldwide, making it the biggest market in the world, and Google's after it in a big way — it's a $70 billion ad market in the US alone, after all.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Google Moves to TVs With Help From Intel and Sony  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google wants to bring the Internet to a part of the home that for the most part it has not yet reached: the television set.  —  At Google's annual I/O conference here on Thursday, the search giant announced that it is leading …
Louis Gray:
While Apple Slept On Their Hobby, Google Executed  —  After noting Apple practically being a zero in terms of mentions in yesterday's keynote at Google I/O, today saw the gloves come off as Google came out swinging against its competitor - and it had to be noted, even from this longtime Mac customer …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Boxee sees Google TV as complementary in bringing Web to your TV
Discussion: TechCrunch and dailywireless.org, Thanks:devindra
Gizmodo:
Will You Be Able to Watch Hulu With Google TV?
Discussion: TNW Social Media
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
FAQ: What We Know So Far About Google TV
Peter Yared / VentureBeat:
Google TV is Sony's last stand against the Apple juggernaut
Discussion: paidContent
Vincent Nguyen / SlashGear:
YouTube Lean Back for Google TV outed, plus auto-translation subtitles
Aditya Bansod / Adobe Flash Platform Blog:
Flash Player 10.1 on Google TV
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Android Central
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Android 2.2 ‘Froyo’ beta hands-on: Flash 10.1, WiFi hotspots, and some killer benchmark scores  —  Much to our surprise at the time, when Adobe sent us a Flash 10.1-enabled Nexus One for testing, the phone came preloaded with a preview build of Android 2.2 — a.k.a. “Froyo” …
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Android 2.2 Froyo officially announced  —  No huge surprises here, but Google just announced Android 2.2 “Froyo” at I/O, and the big addition is a just-in-time compiler, which brings a 2-5x speed boost to the system.  There are also 20 new enterprise features, including better Exchange integration …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Now Activating 100,000 Android Devices A Day — 50,000 Android Apps  —  Today at Google I/O Vic Gundotra made a big revelation.  Last year, Google was activating 30,000 Android phones a day.  The past February, that number jumped to 60,000.  Today, Google is now activating over 100,000 Android phones a day.
Android Developers Blog:
Android 2.2 and developers goodies.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Um, Did Google Just Quietly Launch A Web-Based iTunes Competitor?  Yep.  —  Today at Google I/O, Vic Gundotra introduced Froyo, aka Android 2.2.  But he also went a bit beyond Froyo.  Coming soon, is a way to download an app through the Android Market over the web — and have it automatically download on your Android devices too.
Discussion: Edible Apple and MobileCrunch
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Buys Simplify Media To Power Music Syncing For New iTunes Competitor  —  Google just announced that it bought Simplify Media, a startup that offers software that lets you share your iTunes music across platforms, including the web.  —  The software lets you share your photos …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Selling More iPads Than Macs  —  Here's a stunner of a data point: Apple is selling more than 200,000 iPads per week.  Which means, according to RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky, that sales of the company's new device have outpaced those of the Mac in the United States and are closing in on those of the iPhone 3GS.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Adobe unveils Flash for Android  —  After all the debate about whether or not Adobe's Flash is the right technology for smartphones, owners of phones using Google's Android operating system should finally be able to try it out for themselves.  —  Adobe is releasing a test version of Flash …
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Asher Moses / Sydney Morning Herald:
Travellers to be searched for porn  —  Australian customs officers have been given new powers to search incoming travellers' laptops and mobile phones for pornography, a spokeswoman for the Australian sex industry says.  Fiona Patten, president of the Australian Sex Party …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Live from the Google I/O 2010 day 2 keynote!  —  Yesterday's Google I/O keynote brought about a number of big newsbits — a Chrome web app store, the open WebM video format, and so forth — but even more tantalizing were Vic Gundotra's not-so-subtle hints at some major announcements coming at today's keynote.
Dan Fletcher / Time:
The Facebook Phenomenon: Friends Without Borders  —  Sometime in the next few weeks, Facebook will officially log its 500 millionth active citizen.  If the website were granted terra firma, it would be the world's third largest country by population, two-thirds bigger than the U.S. More than 1 …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Google Storage for Developers takes on Amazon S3  —  Google has launched a new cloud storage service competing directly with Amazon's S3.  Google Storage for Developers offers scalable, high-bandwidth storage, with an easy-to-use RESTful API.  —  Google Storage will cost 17¢ per gigabyte per month …
Michael Finney / ABC 7:
Apple reverses its no-cash payment policy for iPads  —  Apple stepped up to the plate Wednesday, responding to a 7 On Your Side report about a woman who tried to buy an iPad using her carefully saved up money, only to be told she could not pay with cash.  The story caused outcry all across …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Nvidia's Android Tablet: Okay, I Could Want This  —  A rounded, plasticky take on the iPad.  That's how Nvidia's latest Android tablet prototype struck me.  It's pretty nice.  But not as nice as the inside.  —  Inside this 8.9-inch tablet, you see, is Nvidia's Tegra 2 …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
New Functions & Marketing Twist for Apple TV in the Works  —  On May 20, 2010, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters for Apple TV.  While Apple TV is considered to be a hobby device for Apple, the fact is that they continue to evolve the device in their labs.
Discussion: Fast Company
Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Microsoft's Ballmer admits Windows Vista “was just not executed well”  —  Critics for years have lambasted Vista, and now Steve Ballmer has finally admitted that Microsoft made key mistakes in its development of the operating system.  At a keynote speech yesterday at Microsoft's annual CEO Summit …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Betaworks Leads $3 Million Series B In Highflyer TweetDeck, New Desktop Goes Live  —  Highflying stream reader TweetDeck just raised a $3 million Series B round led by its biggest investor, betaworks.  That brings the total capital raised by the company to $5.3 million.
Gary C / EuroDroid:
Android 3.0 “Gingerbread” coming in Q4 2010, says WebM media team  —  Crikey, while we're all expecting Google to unleash Android 2.2 on us all later today at its Google I/O 2010 conference, plans are already well underway for a launch of the 3.0 refresh of the mobile OS.
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Facebook CEO's latest woe: accusations of securities fraud  —  May has been a bad month for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who just turned 26 last Friday but spent his birthday wrestling with an uproar over Facebook's privacy practices.  The latest unwelcome gift: accusations of securities fraud …
 
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Hands on with the Kindle reader for Android
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Oracle to acquire database security firm Secerno
Discussion: TechCrunchIT and eWeek
Benjamin Pimentel / MarketWatch:
Dell profit jumps 52% as PC, server sales rise
Discussion: Business Wire
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Foursquare Now Adding 15,000 Users Per Day
Discussion: VentureBeat
Evan Osnos / Letter from China:
Does Twitter Matter in China?
Thanks:atul
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zynga Enters Asia With Acquisition Of Gaming Startup XPD Media …
Tony Romm / Hillicon Valley:
FCC wireless competition report triggers debate over role of regulation
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
1-in-5 U.S. consumers plan to buy Apple's iPad
 Earlier Items: 
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Time For Google to Grow Up: Open Wi-Fi Privacy Mistake Must Be The Last
Discussion: Computerworld, CNET News and GigaOM
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
FILM ACADEMY TARGETS GODADDY IN MASSIVE CYBERSQUATTING LAWSUIT
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Millennial Media: Android Ad Impressions Rise 77 Percent In April …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Offers Up A Few More Details About The Chrome Web Store
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Telegraph
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Netflix Is The Latest To Talk The HTML5 Talk
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Sprint 4G Phone Hits New Speeds, but Battery Lags